It seems a lot of pro athletes have found themselves in trouble and facing major issues these days (one particular murder investigation comes to mind), and very quickly the endorsements and the bricks/pictures are removed to avoid aligning with a bad seed. However – although it’s no excuse, it seems as though many of these individuals come from crappy circumstances, poor environments, missing role models and are then thrust into the world of attention, money, adrenaline, etc. WITHOUT any counseling, therapy or real guidance. What I think is that it is partially the fault of the NBA and NFL that some of these guys – who came from these less than humble beginnings (otherwise known as CRAPPY lives), are not provided with the tools to even remotely try to survive when they are thrust into this fame-monger environment. And, yes, they are being paid a ridiculous amount of money, but the NBA and NFL benefit and make LOTS of money from them. And, oh by the way, did I mention that most athletes start when they are well under the age of 25? I was a moron until I was 30!! (Ok – I’m still a partial moron now.) So, in my case, I’ve been dished out a lot of this ‘Carol Craig Superwoman’ lately and in no way am I ungrateful, but I have to remind myself that accolades mean nothing and no one is better than anyone else and tomorrow it could all be gone…

I go on to ask myself, why isn’t someone doing something about it? Why do we allow this tilted view with unreasonable expectations for greatness only to crucify these poor souls when the expectations are not met because we as a society allowed them to fail? Ok- that was a long run on sentence but I meant every extra syllable. Ugh… So I have decided that in my next decade (my 30s, no… my 50s), this is what I will focus on next. So, I have three years left to fix my son Danny, bring Craig Technologies to even more greatness as a large business, and really build up GCC, LLC (my latest software company venture) and the ADMC to be amazing companies!  Geez… I guess I’m lucky my mom Thelma loaded me up with a guilt complex and an incredibly competitive nature.

In all seriousness, good reading on this subject can be found in Ricky Watters book called ‘For Who For What: A Warriors Journey’.